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Help Before Harm
Parenting is one of the toughest and most important jobs. As a community, we all have a stake in ensuring that parents have access to the tools and support they need to be successful. Research validates that parents and other caregivers who have resources and support are more likely to provide safe and healthy homes for their children.
With the help of family support activities, many families are able to find the strength and resources they need to raise safe, healthy and productive children. For example, local schools, churches and service centers can provide a place for parents to learn more about their children’s growth and development in a safe environment. They also provide an outlet to gather and socialize with other families. Pediatricians help parents by responding to questions, concerns or frustrations about their children’s behavior. Family support programs such as parent education, home visitation, respite care and support groups help parents develop parenting skills, learn and understand the benefits of positive discipline techniques, and meet their children’s needs. Support programs can also offer assistance with additional challenges facing families, such as adequate housing and affordable childcare.
Through family support activities, parents develop resources, gain knowledge and learn skills to:
- Understand what is typical behavior for children of all ages.
- Identify, respond to, and advocate for their children’s needs.
- Communicate calmly and clearly with children.
- Set clear and realistic boundaries for children.
- Handle stress in positive ways, including reaching out to friends, family and community resources for support.
- Develop positive bonds with their children and enjoy spending time together.
- Have confidence in their abilities as parents.
As we learn more about why child abuse and neglect occur, more organizations, agencies, and communities are recognizing the best way to promote prevention is to provide parents with the skills and resources they need to understand and meet their children’s emotional, physical and developmental needs and protect their children from harm.
Need help? Our community has many prevention resources to help you.
Heartland for Children and Kappa Delta Sorority thanks everyone for their support & participation in the 5th Annual Loop The Lake 5K Fun Run/Walk. We are looking forward to next year's event.
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